Audrey R. Odom John, MD, PhD
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Elected 2022

Dr. John is the Stanley Plotkin Endowed Chair and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. John earned her M.D. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatrics residency and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Washington through the special alternative pathway.

Dr. John’s research focuses on microbial metabolism, particularly in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Her translational interests include development of new antiinfective agents to combat antimicrobial resistance, and development of non-invasive breath-based diagnostics for pediatric infections.

Dr. John is an Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases of the Burroughs Wellcome fund and has been recognized with several honors, including the Emerging Leader Award at Duke University School of Medicine, a Young Investigator Award of the American Chemical Society – Infectious Diseases, and the inaugural IDea Incubator Grand Prize winner of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Her research has been funded by the NIH, US Department of Defense, and multiple foundations.